Job Details

Senior Staff Attorney

Company name

The Southern Poverty Law Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Apr 29,2019

Valid Through

Aug 12,2019

Posted on

Dec 27,2018

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required


Atlanta, GA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
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Senior Staff Attorney
Duties: Work is currently focused in three areas: Immigration Enforcement: Center fights to end illegal or unfair apprehension and detention of immigrants, including the policies and practices of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and local law SPLC utilizes impact litigation and legislative strategies to seek systemic changes in unjust policies and practices in this area. Recently expanded its work with the creation of the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI). The SIFI enlists, trains, and bases volunteer lawyers at immigrant detention centers across the Southeast to provide free legal representation to detained immigrants facing deportation. Only one in six immigrants detained in the Southeast has access to an attorney in removal proceedings. For an immigrant in detention, that legal representation can mean the difference between staying with loved ones and being forced to return to a place that is no longer home or where they face imminent danger. Center works to ensure that immigrant children are provided equal and non-segregated access to a quality public education and to stop anti- immigrant state and local legislation and policies that discriminate against immigrants, including those pertaining to drivers’ licenses, voting, and denial of access to government. Works to protect immigrant workers from exploitation by representing some of the most vulnerable SPLC works in bringing forward strategic lawsuits against abusive employers and advocating for regulatory and statutory change. Current initiatives focus on representing guest workers, who are legally tied to one employer through their visas, and workers in the poultry industry—an industry that relies on immigrant women who are subjected to routine sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination on the job. Implement center’s immigrant justice work, using all possible tools, including litigation, legislative campaigns, and public advocacy to advance the rights of immigrants. Will be particularly strategic as they identify otherwise overlooked policy and legal avenues and arguments to weaken and eliminate policies and practices that threaten the rights of immigrant communities. Will develop strategic immigrants’ rights-related cases and lead cutting-edge litigation. Foster relationships with and provide technical assistance and support to allies, immigrant communities, and partner organizations. Will remain abreast of federal, state, and local anti- immigration policies that infringe upon the rights of immigrant communities. Will collaboratively partner with others - nonprofits, municipalities, state agencies, community-based organizations, and universities to advance various projects, and with other law firms to secure and collaborate with co- counsel when necessary - to protect immigrant communities. Collaborate with other legal team members, policy counsel, and the communications department to develop communication strategies around cases and campaigns and represent SPLC in various fora including before community groups, legislatures, state agencies, and the press. Will work with policy counsel and communications team members to identify and support the advancement of federal, state, and local policy priorities through public awareness and advocacy campaigns and targeted testimony to legislative bodies.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: Exceptional litigation skills and 7+ years for the Senior Supervising Attorney, 5 years for the Senior Staff Attorney, and 2 years for the Staff Attorney of federal complex litigation or comparable legal experience;
Ideal candidates for Senior Supervising Attorney will also have 2+ years of experience managing a team and have demonstrated ability to develop, mentor, and retain high-performing and diverse teams of attorneys; A sincere commitment to social justice and a keen awareness of the relationship between impact litigation, policy advocacy, and social change; Initiative, vision, creativity, and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies with the absolute drive to succeed; A deep personal commitment to diversity and inclusion; proven success in engaging with diverse communities; lived experience that informs an authentic understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable communities and a sophisticated understanding of the historical nature of structural power differences with a lens into how that impacts social justice efforts today; Demonstrated knowledge of immigration law and current policies, trends, litigation strategies and tools being applied to combat unjust immigration policies across the country, or a personal demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of immigrant communities; Experience applying analytical skills to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue; Excellent communication skills, including research and writing, interpersonal and public communication skills, and an ability to translate vision and strategy into external messaging; Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, the ability to facilitate challenging conversations and quickly read interpersonal dynamics, and the ability to work with people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives and across projects; A positive attitude and successful experience working in a high-energy, fast-paced environment; excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; A natural intellectual curiosity and personal drive for self-reflection, improvement, and learning; Patience, a sense of humor, gravitas and a high tolerance for ambiguity; the ability to adapt quickly to change; an optimistic outlook, a natural orientation towards collaboration with the self- confidence to move forward in areas of uncertainty or where there is not necessarily agreement; The ability and willingness to travel regionally; Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred; other language skills relevant to the Southeast will be considered; and Admission to the Florida Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam is.

Additional info

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Southern Poverty Law Center
1989 College Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30317

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